The suspect in the Hannah Graham disappearance–Jesse Matthew–was taken into custody around 3:30 Wednesday afternoon in Galveston, Texas. He is suspected of abducting the University of Virginia sophomore, who was last seen on September 13th in Charlottesville, Virginia.
CNN reports that Jesse Matthew was sought by authorities ‘on suspicion of abduction with the intent to defile.’
“This case is nowhere near over,” Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo told reporters following Matthew’s capture on Wednesday afternoon. “We have a person in custody, but there’s a long road ahead of us, and that long road includes finding Hannah Graham.”
— CBC News (@CBCNews) September 25, 2014
An attorney for Jesse Matthew–James Camblos–spoke on his client’s behalf, prior to his capture.
“I am Mr. Matthew’s attorney,” Camblos said from outside his office in Charlottesville, Virginia. “I was hired on Saturday. That’s the only thing that I’m going to confirm at this point. The family and I–nobody is making any statements at this point in time. We might later on, but right now we are not.”
— Peggy Fox (@PeggyTV) September 25, 2014
“We’re asking for a broader community search with property owners,” Chief Longo told CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, in an interview to air Wednesday night.
He is asking property owners of large parcels in surrounding counties to search their land and report back to the police department.
Authorities have previously searched Jesse Matthew’s apartment and car in the hunt for Hannah Graham. Although they have declined to discuss the specifics of what might have been found, potential evidence was sent to a lab for analysis. Investigators were seen leaving his apartment with bags of what one can only assume was potential evidence against him.
Perhaps some by some miracle, Hannah Graham will be found somewhere alive. One can hope and pray that Jesse Matthew only abducted–and didn’t harm–the college student. Undoubtedly once Matthew is extradited to Virginia, the questioning in the Hannah Graham case will significantly heat up. Prayers are no doubt going out from all around the country for Hannah Graham’s safe return.